Blind Willie Johnson - S/T - 1957 Haunting Gospel Blues + Interviews - Original LP + Booklet
Blind Willie Johnson
Folkways Records – FG 3585
Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Heavyweight vinyl
Record is VG+ VG++ has light wear (listen to our copy)
Cover is VG++ has light ringwear (see our pic)
Record comes in generic white inner sleeve, includes booklet
Comes with a booklet.
Interview, Gospel, Texas Blues
A1 Samuel B. Charters - Remembrances
A2 Samuel B. Charters - Interviews
A3 Samuel B. Charters, Angeline Johnson - Angeline Johnson
B1 Blind Willie Johnson - If I Had My Way, I'd Tear That Building Down
B2 Blind Willie Johnson - Nobody's Fault But Mine
B3 Blind Willie Johnson - Jesus Is Coming Soon
B4 Blind Willie Johnson - Mother's Children Have A Hard Time
B5 Blind Willie Johnson - Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground
B6 Blind Lemon Jefferson - Match Box Blues
B7 Blind Willie And Partner - It's A Good Little Thing
B8 Blind Boy Fuller - Little Woman, You're So Sweet
Copyright (c) – Folkways Records & Service Corp.
Narrator – Samuel Barclay Charters
Told, Annotated and Documented by Samuel B. Charters. Side A contains remembrances and interviews, for example with his wife Angeline Johnson
That said, if you have never heard this music before, be sure to prepare yourself, because the spiritual force and gravity of this music may leave you exhausted and perhaps even frightened. Johnson's voice is one of the most unique and haunting instruments to have ever been recorded. The man's singing bespeaks experiences and a life lived that is almost too painful to contemplate. The lyrics of these songs are almost transcendentally poetic...the religious imagery is used to ask the most fundamental of philosophical questions. The female accompaniment of these songs only makes them a more poignant commentary on the human condition. Johnson's guitar work is similar in nature. In combination, this music is about as raw and emotive as human musical production can get. I think Wim Wenders is correct when he says that this music will teach you more about the American experience than just any history book. And Ry Cooder is surely right in his observations about this music. These songs strip it and you bare; you simply have no place to hide. You will get ripped to shreds, ponder the nature of existence, and then eventually get "healed" as John Lee Hooker famously sang not too long ago. This is "deep" blues, about as deep as the blues and gospel can get. Blind Willie Johnson was born in 1897 near Brenham, Texas (before the discovery of his death certificate, Temple, Texas had been suggested as his birthplace). When he was five, he told his father he wanted to be a preacher, and then made himself a cigar box guitar. His mother died when he was young and his father remarried soon after her death. It is thought that Johnson was married twice, first to a woman with the same first name, Willie B Harris, and later to a young singer named Angeline, who was the sister of blues guitarist L.C. Robinson. No marriage certificates have yet been discovered. As Angeline Johnson often sang and performed with him, the first person to attempt to research his biography, Samuel Charters, made the mistake of assuming it was Angeline who had sung on several of Johnson's records. However, later research showed that it was Johnson's first wife. Johnson was not born blind, and, although it is not known how he lost his sight, Angeline Johnson provided this account to Samuel Charters: She said when Willie was seven his father beat his stepmother after catching her going out with another man. The stepmother then picked up a handful of lye and threw it, not at Willie's father, but into the face of young Willie.